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May 22

Tripods + Pelican Case + Checked Luggage = Please Hope?

I need to take a domestic flight tomorrow morning with a Pelican 1510 case (carry-on roller bag dimensions) and two 30" light stands (think tripod, but taller and skinnier). I don't have a bag that fits the light stands. What is the easiest/safest/least-likely-to-get-broken-or-stolen way to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape to Travel & Transportation at 4:04 PM - 7 answers

Should I take in my boyfriends cats?

I recently moved out of my parents home for the first time and into an apartment on my own. I've been looking at getting a cat and have been very excited to adopt. My boyfriend has 2 cats that he needs to find a home for, and asked me if I could watch them, indefinitely basically. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anon1129 to Human Relations at 4:01 PM - 16 answers

Computer game filter

What was the game I played in the 90s where you skated on hoverboards inside a bowl shaped arena and tried to catch a ball and get it into goals along the rim? Probably on a mac.
posted by neat graffitist to Computers & Internet at 2:43 PM - 3 answers

Engagement gift? What fresh hell is this?

I have an engagement party to attend this weekend. Apparently gifts are expected. What does one give for engagement celebrations, and how do those gifts differ from bridal shower gifts and wedding gifts? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy to Shopping at 11:22 AM - 20 answers

Neighbor's kitty is cute and sweet and neglected - what to do?

How do I politely talk to the neighbors about the state of their animal's health without offending them/forbidding me to have anything to do with the cat? [more inside]
posted by Crystal Fox to Pets & Animals at 10:11 AM - 25 answers

One Productivity App for simplicity and continuity

Good news, everyone! I've stepped up from baby manager to full blown manager, with a broad and seemingly endless project portfolio. Turns out this hard to manage with my scratch paper and calendar reminder approach, and I need a better solution. Special consideration: I want my current team, and my eventual replacement to be able to use this, and I can't count on tech comfort. [more inside]
posted by skookumsaurus rex to Work & Money at 8:40 AM - 7 answers

Print media gossip newsletter / web site — what was it called?

I’m trying to remember the name of a print media gossip newsletter / website that was popular about a decade ago, the mid-aughts. It was in the same league as TVNewser and Mediabistro, but was mainly concerned with the comings and goings of people at the big newspapers. I think it closed more than five years ago. Any ideas?
posted by Borborygmus to Media & Arts at 8:25 AM - 3 answers

May 21

How do I use a Mortier Pilon fermentor jar?

My wife got me the 5L mortier pilon fermenting jar. I'm excited to use it. There are no instructions and I don't want us to die from botulism and I'm convinced this will happen. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog to Food & Drink at 4:04 PM - 10 answers

Lisbon antique ID?

I bought this shallow dish at a market in Lisbon, Portugal, today. It is about 5 inches wide and features some sort of demon/ram-hybrid head with three old 10-centimo coins and a variety of playing cards. I'm guessing it was intended as a change dish or something? Does it have symbolic meaning beyond guesses regarding gambling? Any additional information about this would be lovely. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla to Shopping at 2:46 PM - 8 answers

Finding a cartoon panel about revolutions?

There was a wordless comic/cartoon panel I saw some years ago showing revolutionaries vs. the power elite, drawn in a cartoony, but vaguely medieval style. Now I can't find it! Help? [more inside]
posted by droplet to Media & Arts at 12:57 PM - 3 answers

Help me identify this tree

I recently moved to a new house (suburban New Jersey), and there's a large tree growing in my front yard that I would like to identify. The leaves look vaguely like a maple, but the tree is much larger than any maple I have ever seen. It also has blossoms, which don't match any pictures I've seen of maple tree flowers. [more inside]
posted by fremen to Home & Garden at 9:56 AM - 10 answers

How to deal with casual disregard for small animals

My nephew, who is around 4, is curious about animals. My family encourages him to capture frogs, lizards, grasshoppers, etc. This often ends with the animal dying, either because it starves, suffocates in the poorly vented makeshift container, or my nephew squishes it when trying to hold it. This greatly upsets me, and nobody in my family seems to care. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel to Pets & Animals at 9:06 AM - 16 answers

May 20

3rd grade bully...moving on up...

There was this boy in my child's 3rd grade class this year. He used to be friends with my son, and when they parted ways about 2 months ago, he started bullying my son. Do I go to the school about this now and if so, how do I go about it? More snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette to Human Relations at 2:30 PM - 24 answers

One plug, one wire, one switch, two light bulbs - help?

I've promised to join two the lightbulbs my kid uses for his terrarium (one UV lamp and one heat lamp) which are currently on two separate wires without switches that are plugged and unplugged to turn them on or off, onto one single wire, with a single switch, to turn both on or off via the switch, without having to plg/unplug. But... [more inside]
posted by progosk to Home & Garden at 9:58 AM - 6 answers

Who made this sculpture? What exactly were they going for?

I was out at Grounds for Sculpture in the West Windsor, NJ area, with my family, and came across this sculpture [nude sculpture may be NSFW for you?]. It was in the "Meadow" area which looked to be half-under renovation, and it had no plaque or label. I joked about how awkward it was to walk past it with sweet Midwesterners on vacation in an LGBTQ facebook group, and a couple people wondered if it might have been made with immature or even transphobic intent. Anyone familiar with this work? Googling isn't turning up much. [more inside]
posted by ikea_femme to Media & Arts at 6:22 AM - 8 answers

May 19

Ex-partner invaded phone and email. Now what?

Cell phone, texts, and emails have been breached on my Droid phone. How can I better protect myself? [more inside]
posted by thewolfandewe to Technology at 5:32 PM - 20 answers

Outdoors Destination for multi-days trip in NE America/Canada

Looking for a destination that's relatively easy to get to from NYC (by car or short length one stop flight) and has 2-3 days worth of beginner friendly hiking/outdoors activities in late August. [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:14 PM - 6 answers

What is this shape in stained glass?

I have been tasked with figuring out what this shape is, from a stained glass window in Bronxville, NY. My best guess is a cryptid, like a merlion, maybe? Any other thoughts?
posted by incomple to Media & Arts at 2:49 PM - 13 answers

Can you help me find these boots?

A friend is looking for Levi's Sahara CT Twill Men's Boots Black 514931-01a-13 in men's size 8.5. Neither he nor I can find them anywhere. They have been discontinued. Can anyone find these? Thanks.
posted by sacrifix to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 12:45 PM - 4 answers

Gift filter: Sister-in-law's birthday, with kids

Hi MeFi, I'm trying to think up a good gift for my sister-in-law's birthday. We live abroad and she'll be visiting us with two of her kids just after her b-day. She's had many Tough Life Things lately (relationship, money, kid stress, etc.) so I'd like to do something to pamper her a little bit. Difficulty: she will have her kids with her! [more inside]
posted by stillmoving to Grab Bag at 12:42 PM - 7 answers

Making 3D shape by revolving half a cross section about an Axis.

I have an image file that's half a cross section of a round object. I need to turn this into a 3D object file that can upload to Shapeways for 3D printing. I tried using Tinkercad and a few other online 3D tools, but I can't seem to find one that works. Is there a way I can do this for free?
posted by radwolf76 to Computers & Internet at 8:21 AM - 6 answers

Excel Help - How to Concatenate without all the extra decimals??

I'm working on a sheet where I have a summary box explaining the data in the spread sheet. Something like "With 80 guests per day and and average transaction size of $14.32, you can expect 61% margins. Concatenation is not working the way I hoped =/ [more inside]
posted by FireStyle to Computers & Internet at 8:13 AM - 5 answers

Does talking about suicide really help prevent suicide?

With Chris Cornell's sad death have come familiar calls to "end the silence" around suicide and mental illness. Intuitively, this suggestion seems to make sense. But is there data to support the idea that an increase in public discussion of mental health and suicide reduces the suicide rate? I'm taking about statistics, clinical studies, etc. [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto to Society & Culture at 6:03 AM - 9 answers

May 18

I'm still here. But I'm not.

Home security question. Can I cheaply and safely rent a nonmoving car to sit in my driveway? Snowflakes to follow [more inside]
posted by JulesER to Travel & Transportation at 7:28 PM - 14 answers

How to deal with separation & two apartment rentals

My partner and I are separating. We currently live in a rented house which we will vacate in August .. my paycheck is the only money coming in. I make enough to pay for two apartment rentals, but my question is more about how that works .. we don't have any kind of legal separation agreement, and I am anticipating difficulty proving her "income" to the prospective landlord. Advice needed. We live in Minnesota; we will likely get a divorce but not right away.
posted by dwbrant to Human Relations at 6:28 PM - 13 answers

How do I wash this motorcycle jacket?

It's my favorite jacket, but so dirty. [more inside]
posted by bendy to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 6:13 PM - 3 answers

Charlotte: Urban edition

I'm going to be in Charlotte for 3 nights, yay! I won't have a car but my hotel is in Uptown. I'm looking for some suggestions on things to do not limited to Uptown and its surrounding areas. [more inside]
posted by signondiego to Travel & Transportation at 3:24 PM - 7 answers

Need to move a heavy piece of equipment across San Francisco

I have a large piece of workout equipment that I need to move across San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by lkc to Travel & Transportation at 3:08 PM - 6 answers

What color is it?

I want to write a very simple app for a smartwatch-type device that will display the time as a color. What's the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot to Computers & Internet at 2:14 PM - 11 answers

My boss is not doing a great job and I don't know what to do

I have big issues with a newish boss and I'm not great at being tactful when dealing with work issues. I often trip over my words and the points I try to make often sound overly critical of others. Can you help me approach this and not be a jerk? [more inside]
posted by crunchy_cereals to Work & Money at 1:06 PM - 17 answers

Help me ID a short story about swimming through a hole in a rock

I remember a short story about a kid swimming underwater through a hole in a rock, or maybe underneath a rock. [more inside]
posted by komara to Writing & Language at 12:28 PM - 4 answers

My fiancee are moving in together. How can we make this successful?

My fiancee are moving in together in about a month. We've been together for around three years. It's been a long time since I had a roommate. What tips can you provide about adjusting from living alone for years to co-habitating with the person that you are going to marry? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto to Human Relations at 9:55 AM - 20 answers

Resources for soothing anxieties about marriage?

There are lots of shitty marriages out there. Where are the good ones and what is a great marriage like? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon to Human Relations at 9:41 AM - 29 answers

HELP! My cat may have swallowed an adderall pill

While putting together my weekly multivitamin/pill case, I was distracted by the sound of cat B knocking something over in the kitchen. I went to investigate clean up and became distracted for 10 minutes; in that time it appears that cat A may have gone in my room and stolen an adderall pill. [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 to Pets & Animals at 8:13 AM - 12 answers

Excel/Google Sheets Formula Help

I am not sure how to ask this, so it is probably easily available on Google and I just can't find it. However, I am trying to make a Google Sheet (or Excel Doc, it doesn't matter which) that does something specific. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero to Computers & Internet at 2:54 AM - 6 answers

Apartment of Banister

What do I do with these banisters to nowhere in the middle of my living area? How can I make best use of this structure and space? [more inside]
posted by Thella to Home & Garden at 1:53 AM - 22 answers

When was this picture taken?

Can you help me date this picture by looking at the clothes? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom to Grab Bag at 1:12 AM - 7 answers

What to do in Munich

I'm going to Munich for work at the end of the month. I'll have a few days to myself after. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts to Travel & Transportation at 1:09 AM - 19 answers

May 17

Title & Author needed for a fiction book set in an ice age.

I'm looking for the title/author of a book. I think I read the book in the late 70s/early 80s. There might've been a war on or due to the end of the world, the military was the main focus. Glaciers were moving at a rapid rate across the earth, to the point that people were being frozen in walls of ice as they passed. The protagonist might've been a woman and she was having a relationship with a man who might've been in the military. [more inside]
posted by Zack_Replica to Writing & Language at 8:21 PM - 4 answers

Help me identify these bugs in our bathtub.

What are these bugs in our bathtub (that we never use)? [more inside]
posted by allison00 to Home & Garden at 7:45 PM - 3 answers